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Wotherspoon leads Winterhawks to 11th straight win with 6-4 victory over Cougars

Wednesday, 01.09.2013 / 12:54 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Wotherspoon leads Winterhawks to 11th straight win with 6-4 victory over Cougars

PORTLAND, Ore. - Defenceman Tyler Wotherspoon scored twice and added two assists as the Portland Winterhawks ran their winning streak to 11 games with a 6-4 victory over the Prince George Cougars on Tuesday in Western Hockey League action.

Wotherspoon, a 19-year-old Calgary Flames prospect, was playing his in his first WHL game since returning from the world junior championship, where he played for Canada.

Fellow defenceman Troy Rutkowski also scored twice for Portland (34-5-1). Rookies Paul Bittner and Dominic Turgeon rounded out the scoring for the Winterhawks.

Carson Bolduc, Troy Bourke, Zach Pochiro and Jordan Tkatch scored for Prince George (12-23-5), which played two skaters short of a full lineup.

The Cougars led 2-1 after one period, but Portland answered with three straight in the second period to take the lead for good. Bittner put the Winterhawks up 5-2 with 10:21 left in regulation, but Pochiro pulled one back with 2:48 to play.

After Rutkowski pushed the Portland lead back to three goals with an empty-netter, Bourke scored on a wraparound to close things out.

Brendan Burke stopped 33 shots in net to earn the win for the Winterhawks, while Brett Zarowny made 32 saves in a losing effort.

Only three penalties were whistled in the game, with the Cougars going 0 for 2 on the power play and Portland 0 for 1.

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